Grappling By Aniela13 - 05-02-2009 09:07 PM
Hey all...I'm looking for some advice from any ladies who take grappling/jitsu/etc type classes.
My karate instructor offers a ju-jitsu class that I'd like to start taking this summer for a few reasons; one, grappling fascinates me, and two, I'm pretty small, and have no illusions about the fact that, if an attacker gets me on the ground and I don't know anything about grappling, I'm done for. The thing is, the class at present is completely male.
I'm okay with that--after all, odds are greatly in favor of any attacker also being male. But after mentioning my desire to start this class, a number of my friends (both outside and inside the dojo, though moreso outside) have expressed concern about the "potential awkwardness" of the situation. I know at least two of the guys in the class, plus the instructor, and know I'm comfortable enough with at least those few to work with them...and am still planning to start the class as soon as I can afford it.
I guess my question is this...do any of you face opposition or concern from others regarding your grappling/jitsu-type classes? And if you do, how do you respond graciously? It's not that I don't appreciate their concern, or recognize that it's at least partly founded...but I am having difficulty explaining, especially to the ones outside the dojo, that (particularly with my instructor) there's a level of respect and a point where we simply know that inappropriate things will not happen.
Any advice? Thanks, all!
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